Meds and Severe Drowsiness

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Date Joined Nov 2009
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   Posted 11/9/2009 2:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi!  I am new!  I was on Paxil for 10 years but got off of it because it made me so tired I could not function anymore.  I did not know it was the Paxil until a process of elimination.  I thought I was cured from my excessive worrying.  But without the Paxil, I am worrying about everything again and driving everyone crazy.  Getting off the Paxil was a killer!  But I survived.  I did not want to take meds anymore.  But I can't take it anymore.  I just started seeing a therapist and got back on meds.  But they make me so tired I don't like to take them.  The only thing that does not make me tired is Buspar.  But it only kinda works.  It takes away the gonna throw up and diahrea feeling but I still worry and my heart is always pounding.  I have tried taking the meds at night.  But that does not help either.  I am a VP at a big company and need to be able to stay wake, alert, and be on time.  I also have a 4 year old (which is why I cannot tolerate the tiredness). 
I was recently prescribed Ativan, Wellbutrin, Klonopin, and Concerta.  I took them as prescribed for 4 days but could not take the drowsiness.  So I took the Buspar and the Concerta and felt GREAT for 3 days.  I thought I had found the magic potion.  But then I could feel it wearing off and I am right back to worrying.  I was so hopeful for those 3 days. 
Do any of you have this issue?  Is there any way to counteract the drowsiness?  Any suggestions? 

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 11/9/2009 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Well with most meds you have to take them for longer than 4 days. Side effects tend to go away or become more manageable after two to three weeks.

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   Posted 11/9/2009 4:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I am absolutely astounded you were given Concerta........I want your Dr. Concerta is a central nervous system stimulant (trade name Ritalin) used in the treatment of narcolepsy in adults and attention deficit disorder in children.

Buspar works well for myself and many and you have a wide dose range so you could have your dose increased. No one in the medical sx I am in what use Concerta even for a few weeks to try to jump start my system after years on Antidepressants.

I hope you start to have some luck with finding a combo of meds that work for you.

Welcome to our world and please know you are now a part of this great family here in this forum. You will find the members warm and kind, caring and knowledgable.

Gentle Hugs

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